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Title: Developmental trajectories towards sexually abusive behaviour and emerging severe personality disorder in childhood
Author: Vizard, E. A.
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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My MD (Res) thesis is based on a research study describing the characteristics and developmental trajectories of a high risk cohort of children and young people presenting to my specialist clinical service with sexually abusive behaviour and emerging severe personality disorder traits. At the time I commenced the research study there was considerable public interest in the early origins of serious adult offending, including sexual offending and adult personality disorder. The research study was funded by the Home Office DSPD (Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder) Programme and supported by the Department of Health and the National Offender Management Service. It was hoped that my study could throw some light on these issues and that the results might provide supportive evidence for current government policies on early intervention to prevent antisocial behaviour. The MD(Res) thesis describes this background to the study and the rationale for beginning the research as well as its' scientific value. A full literature review sets out the evidence base for undertaking the study and informs the research aims, objectives and hypotheses. The findings of the MD(Res) research study inform my conclusions and the limitations of the study are fully acknowledged. Clinical, Policy and Research Recommendations are made stemming from the study conclusions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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